Mother's Day


Happy Mother's Day to all the lovely mommas out there!

21 months

21 months!
These photos were taken in our glorious dandelion infested yard... which I'm not mad about.  Juniper's favorite things to do is pick flowers (definitely influenced by her mama) and picking her nose (definitely influenced by her daddy... jk) but seriously her finger will not stay out of her nose!

I've been so bad at keeping updated with her milestones and fun things to remember, I like to think I'll be better about the next kid, but I'm only kidding myself.

21 Months!

• She recently has become very independent.  She's always wanted to things on her own, like climb in her own high chair when she could barely even walk or feeding herself at 10 months... but now she insists on putting her own shoes on and climbing into the car and getting into her car seat by herself.  This means an immense amount of patience for me, especially for someone who is generally always late, having a toddler wanting to do everything on her own means I need to be ready at least 45 minutes beforehand... otherwise it will end up with a huge tantrum to wherever we are driving.  BUT I love that she's independent and I know it'll help once I have baby #2 so go Juni go!

• Her appetite has grown x3! She used to never be a big eater but now she is eating the same amount as me or sometimes more.  Her favorite foods are salmon, raisins and grilled cheese.  Whenever I ask her what she wants for lunch she yells "salmon please!" but since we don't have an endless supply of fish and I don't always have the time she resorts to grilled cheeses her second favorite.  She usually eats an entire portion of salmon and then half of mine so now we are cooking twice as much.

• At her 18 month appt... which we didn't get to until 20 months, the doctor said she is high on the charts in height and supposedly they can estimate how tall she'll be when she's older and they said 5'10"! We'll see about that though...

• She loves to sing and has surprised us with all the words she knows, she sings Twinkle Twinkle Star, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Happy Birthday, Wheels on the Bus, Popcorn Popping, ABCs, Number Song, Finger Family, and seriously like 10+ more.  I always just hear her little voice singing different songs through out the day, it's seriously the cutest.

• She has started to skip naps already, we will put her in her crib and 3 hrs later of jumping and singing I go to get her out since I don't want her falling asleep at 5pm.  This girl has never slept, since the day she was born! On the days she skips naps, we will put her in her crib at 7pm and she will be up until 10pm and then wake up at 5:30am... her energy is endless.

• She had her first incident of stitches when she was 19 months and got some in her forehead.  Thankfully daddy is an ER doc and all our friends are docs too so we met a friend in a parking lot and stitched her up.

• She definitely seems excited about being a big sister and will kiss and rub my belly and say baby sister.  I sometimes think she doesn't understand but there are moments where it definitely seems like she knows what's going on. She loves babies so I know she'll be a great sister.
Digging for gold.

Settled for flowers instead.

Baking with Juni


One of the things I'm so excited about as Juniper gets older is baking and doing crafts with her.  She has always shown interest in the kitchen and always wants to be involved; this time we baked bread! I don't think she gets the full concept of it all but when we put the dough in the cast iron pot and then opened the lid an hour later to find this loaf she was in complete awe. With her wide eyes and jaw dropped she was in shock that we made that.  Once it cooled I let her hold it and she was so proud and excited that I let her hold it all by herself (you can see it in her face), it was seriously the cutest experience with her.  And when I set it down to get that one "hero shot" she came behind me to the coffee table and pulled out her plastic knife and said "mama cut" "mama eat".  We of course had a piece with butter and honey and we both really enjoyed it, there's nothing like

Crusty No-Knead Bread
recipe from Just A Pinch
makes 1 loaf
3 cups of bread flour (all-purpose can work well too)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water
Dutch oven (I used 5.5 qt) or oven-safe large bowl with a lid

1. In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients. If you’re adding any additional ingredients add them in with the flour before adding any liquid. Add the warm water and mix together with a wooden spoon until it forms a shaggy dough. Don’t overwork the dough and don’t worry about it looking pretty!
2. Cover the bowl with a lid, plastic wrap, or towel and place in a warm non-drafted area.  Let it sit at room temperature for 12-24 hours, don’t disturb it and let it do its magic!
3. After the dough is bubbly and at least doubled in size preheat the over to 450ºF. Place your Dutch oven uncovered into the oven and let it preheat for 30 minutes.
4. While your Dutch oven heats remove your dough from the bowl and turn onto a well-floured surface.  With floured hands work dough into a ball and let it sit for 30 minutes covered with plastic wrap.
5. Carefully remove the Dutch oven and place the dough in the middle and place lid on top and put it back into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Carefully the remove the lid and let the bread continue to bake for 10 minutes to get golden brown.

Tulip Fields

Spring time is really beautiful here in Rhode Island, I know the change from seasons is what really makes it, but all these flowers make it extra pretty.  This is the only U-pick tulip farm in the New England area, Wicked Tulips, and we decided to go the first day.  I love anything that has to do with flowers and any time I can have a fun photo shoot with Juni.  And although it may look dreamy and perfect, Juniper was teething that day and was throwing fits after the first 5 minutes of being there.  So most of these photos were from the beginning, but looking at these I mainly only remember her covered in dirt laying on the ground. :) I had fun picking them though and will definitely go every year. My tulips lasted forever and were so much bigger than the ones you can buy at the store. 
It sure is pretty but nothing will beat the fields in Washington!
Me with my stink bug!
I went with 2 of the other resident wives and Juniper was really killing it for the photo, both kids are wondering what's going on?!

Acai Bowls

Every morning in the beginning of my pregnancy (before I got morning sickness) Juniper and I would share a green smoothie and that was my way of getting some greens in her (and me).  Well now I'm craving sweets and sugar like CONSTANTLY with this baby #2! It's bad! With Juniper I wanted fruit but nothing super sweet, but with this pregnancy I just want everything chocolatey, sweet and everything yummy.  So my way of not being overly indulgent is making these acai bowls when I want something sweet.  Juni calls it ice cream and it really does taste like it with all these yummy toppings! 
I know they are really popular right now so probably most people know how to make them but just in case you don't here's a little down low on how I make them. 

Acai Bowls

• Acai Smoothie:
1 Trader Joes unsweetened acai pack (link here)
1/2 frozen banana
4 frozen strawberries 
and some cold water to allow it to mix if you have a crappy blender like me
(You can use almond milk or coconut milk or really whatever but right now I haven't been drinking that so I just use water)

• Toppings:
my must haves are:
drizzle of honey
chia seeds
flax seeds

more options:
cocoa nibs (which I tried for the first time and it made it more like a yummy dessert)
frozen berries 



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