weekend away.

last weekend we headed to the black hills.
this was our second trip to mt. rushmore and custer state park, which d really loves.
we all rented a two bedroom cabin at holy smoke resort in keystone, sd.
the cabin included a kitchen so we were able to cook meals together and avoid the extra expense of eating out. 
fun times with friends we hadn't seen in over a year, buffalo sightings, and family road tripping time made for a really nice getaway.


recipes worth repeating.

energy bites- recommended by d's cousin and devoured by the males in this house.
mayonaise-d couldn't tell the difference between this and best foods when i forced him to do a blind taste test. in fact he guessed this was the best foods.
summer rolls-perfect for a ladies' night in my sister's neighborhood...much preferred the peanut butter sauce.
blueberry scones-far more like cake than the scones we normally make, but easy to throw together one morning.
peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chip cookies-because there was no butter in the house but a baked good was "necessary".


baby reveal (take two).

to reveal nicolai's sex we used confetti eggs, but this time around i was hoping for a new idea.
thanks to a friend's recent pin on pinterest i was inspired by this invitation.
clearly i scaled it down to just it's basic idea.
they were easy to send in the mail to family far away and present to local friends and family in envelopes, so everyone could enjoy the surprise.
once pulled from the envelope the sex was revealed.
once the balloon was blown up and popped (or the paper was wriggled from inside the deflated balloon) his name fell from inside.
we are excited to welcome matteo linden into our family late this year!


time to tell (again)...

we're 19 weeks pregnant.
baby #2 is due jan 5, though we will very likely end up in a c-section the week before that.
with our history of c-section last time, i have the choice and honestly after our scare with nicolai's birth, i'm perfectly happy to either get this little one the help it needs as soon as possible or have it plunked on my chest for snuggles.
i'll reveal baby's sex and name to you in the coming week.


recent read.

his story of leaving high powered employment to follow his passion, building schools around the world, is amazing and inspirational.
our world is filled with some incredible people.


2.25 years old.

nicolai's basic schedule these days is: up at 7-7:40 (with some variation), down for a nap anywhere from 12-2pm when he sleeps for one to three hours, then down for bed sometime between 7-8pm.
he is showing his true taurus self in that he can't be rushed, but with communication and basic reasoning he often comes around...if not, setting a timer for stopping an activity or leaving the house works sometimes, too.
thankfully, i am rarely in a hurry and we are able to do what we need to do with very little stress.
he and his cousin, tyden, can be awfully rough as evidence shows on the side of his nose in the above picture.
he loves to stand at the sink for "water time", he asks to go to the playground almost daily, and is taking more interest in throwing balls and frisbees, asking "can you catch it to me".
pretty cute.


recent read.

i recently finished reading misty copeland's story of her rise in the ballet world, life in motion: an unlikely ballerina.
it was fun to be back amidst the ballet terms i grew up hearing three afternoons a week and every saturday morning.
ballet was my main hobby as a kid and teenager, though i never had dreams of doing it professionally.
despite misty's late start in ballet and her very few means she's accomplished her dreams.

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