Tuesday, July 8, 2014

EL CAPITAN RESERVOIR

We spend our fourth of July celebrating independence on the El Capitan Reservoir. We tubed and surfed and boated all day long, soaking up every minute of sunshine and freedom. Henry was the best sport he could have been in that little life jacket. It was totally uncomfortable and restrictive, but he handled it without a whine.

I'm not posting much on the blog these days, as I've explained before. I originally started the blog with the intention of it being an online creative outlet for myself. It turned into a social tool and a rather unsuccessful monetary effort. We're heading back to the original purpose for family and myself. Between work, family, maintaining my home, and my marriage, plus all of the actual, real life experiences we're enjoying, I don't have the time or desire to blog everyday, or for the sake of pageviews. When I blog, it's for my own remembrance. I hope that those of my friends and readers who are still interested will stick around as we make the transition to real-life blogging.

Over and out.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES

Now that the majority of our yearly trips our over, our weekends have freed up. Last weekend, we went to the Scottish Highland Games, a yearly event in Vista that is a hilarious homage to Scottish history and culture. We walked around the different clans' booths, ate some meat pies, and listened to some Scottish rock bands and bagpipes. There was even a shepherding event with sheepdogs. The Frames descend from Scotland, and we looked in the book of families and found our name. We're not a clan of our own because we're peasants and laborers. It was a fun little family outing, and we're planning on going next year!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SOME PRACTICE ENGAGEMENTS

I trekked into the woods a week ago to snap some practice pictures before their actual engagement shoot. Only a handful came out looking nice - turns out, I'M NOT A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER. Who knew?
We're really excited to see these two get married. They're a good match. She always needed a tall guy. Her five foot eleven fits his six foot five very nicely.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

US LATELY

Pardon my absence! Things have gotten busy in our parts. First off, I got a job! Two, in fact. I think I mentioned a while ago that I became a contributor on GOBankingRates.com, but I'm also now contracting for various websites, and the work is so consistent that I've got something every day! I'm busy, like actually busy with non-baby-related things for the first time in a looooong time. 
Second, my sister has fallen headlong into wedding planning, and she, her fiance Jesse, and I went out into the oak reservoir by my parents' house to take some practice engagement photos. Some of them turned out good, but mostly, I'm a writer, not a photographer, if you catch my drift. As far as wedding planning goes, they've got two months 'til the big day, so it's a little crazy. But obviously, everyone's very excited and helpful (or trying to be).
Thirdly, burgers, fresh fruits and veggies, and picnics in the park. You can't expect it to be a post on TFL without some mention of food. Henry is quite the little eater, despite his low percentile (he's long and skinny, that one), so I like to have lots of healthy foods on hand for snacks and meals. Get this: he'll eat the beets that I won't eat. That's how not-picky he is. 
He's crawling like a racer, and recently mastered stairs, so that might explain both my absence from the blog and my weight loss (also due to reason number three). 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

SEATTLE

We took the funnest little one-night trip to Seattle this weekend for Father's Day. Henry was a trooper, as always (except for waking up five times during the night, but the days were easy and he slept for both plane rides). We visited friends and family, saw some of Seattle's famous sites, and ate some delicious food. We packed in as much as we could in 36 hours, and I'd say given how little time we had, we pretty much maxed out the trip. We hit Pike's Place for browsing and lunch, saw Snoqualmie Falls, visited Kerry Park for it's famous skyline view of the city, drove around underneath the Space Needle (but decided we didn't have time to go up), and gawked at the unbelievable forests that are everywhere up there. Seriously, trees so thick right off the freeway that you couldn't see the houses ten feet away. Walls of greenery.
It was totally beautiful, and we were blessed with great weather the whole time (yes, that includes the drizzle). Happy late Father's Day wishes to my amazing guy Conrad, who is the most helpful, loving, involved Dad there ever was, and to my own Dad and father-in-law, who are so fun and great. Thanks for being great examples, guardians, and providers to all the kids out there!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

US LATELY

This is our life the last couple weeks. It's a jumble of lovely little things and a few big things, and it's been so great. 

In order of importance: my sister's boyfriend asked her to marry him, and she said yes! So we're already planning a wedding for the end of the summer, and nobody could even be more excited. 

We've had a couple of visits with my Nana, and the time with her has been so special and sweet. She's heading to Colorado for the summer, so I'm glad Henry has been able to spend some time with her before she leaves for a couple months. 

We've visited the Keys Creek Lavender Farm twice, and it is just so pretty and fragrant (though much smaller than expected). The season ends on June 13 and it was only five dollars for a ticket (which you can reuse), so it's been a fun little outing for us.

We spent this last weekend in Newport with our friends and babies, and it was so fun and nice. Let me just say BIG BELLY DELI. Their pizza is great. 

I dyed an old, dingey, white swimsuit bright yellow, figuring I wasn't going to wear it anymore, so I was willing to risk a bad dye job. But it turned out great and super sunny, and I'm happy to recycle an old favorite!

We finally converted our second bedroom into an actual nursery and got rid of our daybed. Henry's items are no longer scattered all over the house (crib in the second bedroom, dresser/changing table in our room, toys in the living room), and the lack of clutter is refreshing.

I tried a week ago to make a roasted vegetable mix of sweet potatoes, carrots, and beets, thinking, "I'm a grown up now, I like beets, right?" Only, beets taste like dirt no matter how you make them, and I firmly decided I must not be a grown up yet, because yuck. So, like a true non-grown-up, I blended up all the veggies, plus a zucchini, and fed it to my baby, who, turns out, loves it! Curious.

Aaaaaaaaaaand that's all. Have a lovely week!