YES WAY, FROSÉ

I'd been really missing my mixed drinks this pregnancy. I've always abstained during the first two trimesters of my pregnancies, but with the random third trimester 'morning sickness' I haven't had a drink in 9 months! I'd been dying to try this frosé recipe I'd been seeing all over IG this summer. Unfortunately I didn't have fresh strawberries or fresh squeezed lemon juice and I REALLY wanted frosé right then...so I improvised.

SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND

Birthday parties are easily one of my favorite events ever! When Abby of Beijos Events asked if I could make some custom crowns for her kids shared birthday party I was so excited!! What do you get when you a combine a princess party and a rockstar party? Shine on You Crazy Diamond rock-princess party! Seriously, these kids are cooler than I could ever hope to be. Also Dave just told me the theme name is a Pink Floyd album name (my dad would be so embarrassed that I didn't know that already).

FAMILY OF FIVE

It is officially ONE WEEK of being a family of five!! I seriously can't believe it. How did this happen?! (Don't answer that). Dave had been home for a little under a week before Duncan arrived, so its been a precious week and a half for us as a family.

DUNCAN ANCHOR RETTERATH

Little boy Duncan is finally here and he's actually not so little!! He gave us quite the surprise when the nurses weighed him at 9 pounds 5 ounces and 21 inches long! Although I will say, I felt a bit vindicated by his size because I was completely convinced that I was way bigger this pregnancy than with Braden (7lbs 6oz) and Connor (7lbs 10oz), but was told I was measuring on track to have a similar sized baby #3. Yeah tell that to all my new stretch marks!!

HAPPY EASTER

It was a beautiful day in the PNW this Easter Sunday. We had so much fun at church this morning and then drove over to my parents' house in Kirkland for Easter egg hunting, relaxing, and a delicious dinner. The boys had a blast playing with their Uncle Jon and Connor gave the cutest Easter prayer at dinner: "thank you for mama and Happy Easter that we get to do today". It was adorable. Love my little family. Happy Easter everyone!

EASTER PLAYDATE

You guys, I got to work with the lovely ladies at Beijos Events down in California on their super cute Easter Playdate sponsored by Pottery Barn Kids. As an artist you always have those random milestones in life where you do something that you're just incredibly proud of. Those times where you get to step out of your comfort zone and do something new and have it just turn out awesome. This was one of those moments for me. And if you read my most recent post on the blog about the Etsy Shop and the process that has been lately, you know how hugely reaffirming that is on my journey as a shop owner. 

FLOWER CROWNS

I recently added these headbands to my shop and they have been such a huge hit! I have been loving making them too. I never really considered myself super girly up until this point in my life...I think finding out we were having a third boy freed me from feeling like I need to justify doing anything girly. I'm going to paint flowers, look at wedding magazines, make flower crowns, paint my nails pink, wear floral print, and just not care. There's enough testosterone in my life to balance it out I think.

BABY BOY #3

Now that I'm quite obviously showing, the first question almost everyone asks is: "boy or girl?". Followed by: "It must be so hard to come up with ANOTHER boy name". Yup, it is. Not like we haven't had a girl name picked out for like four years now. Sigh. Honestly though, we're super excited to have another little boy joining us in early June, I think I would probably be more anxious about a girl now that I've gotten so used to boy-mom life. But hey, we finally have settled on a name!

BRADEN 18 MONTH PHOTOSHOOT

Braden-boy is 18 months old (as of like 3 weeks ago, whoops), and I still can't believe it!! How has time gone by so fast?! We started a tradition of having professional photos taken on the kids' 18 month "birthday"...because I kept forgetting to schedule a photoshoot with Connor for his one year birthday until he was already 18 months old...so now all the other kids get to have theirs at that age ;) It works out pretty well though! 18 months is such a fun age!

THE ETSY SHOP UPDATE

We're back! I promised a little update on the shop when I got some time and so here I am - during nap time and in between house projects/Etsy orders trying to form coherent thoughts.

Some of you know already that closing the shop during the first trimester was a tough decision. We were finally gaining what felt like some really nice momentum, I was filling around two orders a day, and it was super fun to have such a great creative outlet (and the extra cash was nice too). Closing the shop sort of felt like a defeat.

SNOW DAY

It's been snowing almost non-stop since yesterday afternoon. I'm pretty sure we've had around 2'  of snowfall and the snow that has stuck is taller than my knee high rain boots! It's madness and the boys love it. Obviously Dave didn't make it in to work today, so during his "lunch break" we met up with friends in the neighborhood and did some sledding and snowman-building. After two hours in the snow our kids are passed out and I'm drinking hot cocoa by the fire. THE BEST. We love our new neighborhood and our new neighbors. So much fun!

CHELAN CABIN

The Cabin (aka Chelan Shack) is FINISHED! Well at least, close enough. If you know my parents, you know that there is no such thing as a project-free home ;) The boys did great on the 3ish hour drive over and absolutely loved running around the cabin and playing with their Mimi, Papa, & Uncle Jon. We got to check out a couple wineries with the whole fam and then Saturday evening Dave, Jon, and I went to a local pub while my parents watched the boys. It was a perfect little weekend get-away. We can't wait to go back. Connor even cried when we had to leave. So thankful for a sweet family and the amazing gift of a family cabin over in Chelan, WA

IT'S A BOY!

If you didn't know/hadn't guessed already, we're pregnant! Again! It's a boy! Again! We just got the good news this morning that another sweet, healthy boy will be joining our family sometime in early June. We're all so excited. Connor has been carrying around one of baby boy's ultrasound photos all morning since our appointment and talking about how he has to "grow big like dada" before he can "come out of mama's tummy". Yeah, no 6'3" babies please. Oh toddlers.

CHRISTMAS LETTER 2016

Well we are way late on our Christmas letter this year and I didn't even send out physical cards. So if you didn't get a card from us, don't worry, it's not because we don't love you anymore.

For the most part it was a normal year of enjoying being a family of four and feeling settled in our house of 3 years...until the last half of the year when we decided to do everything all at once. I opened an Etsy shop in late June. I have absolutely loved running my little side business on top of being full time with the boys at home. It's been a great creative outlet and stress reliever for me! I'm also super lucky that Dave loves the numbers and helps keep the business going by keeping track of all the financials. 

MICHIGAN 2016

This Christmas we flew to Michigan for two weeks to spend the holidays with Dave's family. It was such a great time spent with family. The boys were incredibly spoiled by all their Aunts and Uncles and of course by Grandma and Grandpa. It was in the low teens temperature-wise for the first week, so although it was a winter wonderland, we didn't do too much outside until it warmed up a bit the second week. However Connor and Braden absolutely loved sledding and playing in the snow. We celebrated Christmas a week early since Lindsey was in town from Arizona that weekend,

CONNOR TURNS 3

Happy birthday sweet Connor!! I can't believe you are already three years old. You are full of personality and opinions and just the sweetest little boy.

You love playing with your castle and dragon toys, and even sometimes share nicely with Braden 😉

LIFE LATELY

So we've been basically MIA on the blog for like three months now. Whoops. Things got a little crazy between moving and winter colds/flus/life. My MIL came to stay with us for three whole weeks to help us keep everything together and it was the biggest blessing ever. Seriously amazing. I don't know how we would have juggled the kids and getting the house ready to sell and everything else that was going on without her.