Enzo – 10 months old!

(Foreword: the pictures in this post are super crappy due to using my phone instead of a real camera, my apologies)

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Our little squirt is 10 months old!  He is such a little ham these days, but he’s got two older sisters who ham it up pretty good so he’s learning from the best.  His teeth are really cute and if it weren’t so impossible to get a picture of his top ones I would definitely take one!  There is a new one coming in on the bottom which probably explains the sleepless nights lately (which isn’t really different than usual but he’s been fussy in the middle of the night, not easily nursed back to sleep like normal).

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Oh, so yeah, he is still not sleeping through the night.  I don’t even remember what it’s like to get a full night of uninterrupted sleep.  I know I will experience it again, and this time in his life is brief so I’m just going to suck it up and love the fact that he wants ME in the middle of the night.  My favorite part is when he lays his head down on my shoulder, that’s when I know I’ve got him and he’ll be slumbering shortly.  And even though he weighs 22 pounds, it’s a wonderful feeling to hold him close and snuggle with my nose in his soft blonde hair.  He’s my sweet boy.

And guess what?  He ROLLED OVER.  He figured out how to go from his tummy to his back which was really great and exciting… until I realized that meant he would refuse to stay on his tummy when I put him there with this new found skill!  But we are doing more and more tummy time every day, trying to encourage him to get moving on his own.  He likes to push backwards on his belly, not quite able to get up on his knees or maybe he just doesn’t realize he has the power to do so.  So he does make a little progress, slowly shimmying around on the floor.  Baby steps.   😀

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He enjoyed his first holiday season, spending Thanksgiving with all the family.  He LOVES mashed potatoes so he got plenty of those that week.  And he watched his Mommy catch a fish in Tygh Valley, I’m sure he thought that was exciting even though he can’t tell me yet.

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And he still loves to flash those dimples!

Here are some more photos from his tenth month…

fun with puffs!

 

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and this is where most of the puffs end up!

 

baby butt crack, too funny!

 

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xoxo

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Give us a minute…

We here at the Ritchie household hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!  We definitely did and it was so much fun to watch Enzo experience it all for the first time.  We were very blessed to be surrounded by family, good food and lots of love!  I would really like to share some photos from the weekend, however…. I KILLED MY CAMERA.

I know.

I am kind of a clutz, and well, I dropped it for the I-don’t-know-how-many-eth time.  It even worked right after dropping it, we were headed down to the river on the Polaris with Papa Ron (Enzo, Claire and I) and the weather was absolutely beautiful with blue skies and sunshine.  Claire threw rocks at the chunks of ice while Papa held a giggling baby boy.  And I was able to capture it all on my camera.  And then the next day, as we were waiting for everyone to arrive so we could open presents and enjoy some delicious clam chowder Marta made – BAM – it goes blank.  And it never turned on again.

I plan to take it into a repair shop first before I give up and cry about it.  I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

In the meantime, I will have to gather up the pictures we took using our phones (egad!) to put together a blog post about our very Merry Christmas.  Here’s one to keep you smiling until then…

Christmas morning = happy kids

Happy Monday!

xoxo

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Zoolights

Getting ready to go

This past weekend we braved the cold and enjoyed the Zoolights at the Oregon Zoo in Beaverton.  It was really cold (did I already mention that?) and the lines were INSANE.  But it was totally worth it and we were with good company so we had a really great time!  Our friends Jen and Aaron recently had a set of twin boys, and along with their 3 year old daughter Sam – we caravaned up there.  I didn’t realize it until the end when Aaron said “We did it!  All ten of us!” that between our two families there were in fact TEN of us.  Wow!  Next year Enzo will be able to chase Sam around but for this year he was strapped on my front in the ergo.  It took a bit of time and a nursing break (thankful for the warm cafe halfway through the night) before he finally fell asleep.  The twins were awesome, they were quiet and happy (or sleeping mostly) the whole time.  And the girls seemed to have fun taking it all in.

If you live in Portland, I definitely recommend it.  I was impressed before we even walked through the gate after I saw the giant tree out front covered in beautiful purple lights!  It was difficult to get pictures, it was misting a bit and the crowd was total chaos.  But here are a few we got:

the girls

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Jen giving the eagle a high five at the end

 

And Sam gave the tiger a hug!

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A Ritchie Christmas Party!

The Ritchie family 2011

Thanks again to Great Aunt Judy for hosting, it was a lovely time as always!  Here are some pictures from our annual Christmas gathering with the Ritchie family.  We really need to be better about seeing these people, our girls are all around the same age and we only see them maybe twice a year, and everyone lives here in town – unacceptable!!  I vow to encourage more get-togethers in the new year.

Enzo and Aunt Amy

 

Aunt Stephanie and Cousin Molly (with a sweet little ball of fur)

 

Hayley and the puppy

 

Gracie and Veda, with puppy and the gingerbread house they made!

 

Grandpa Bill and his boy

 

Enzo meets the puppy

 

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Julie, Gracie and Kayla

 

The puppy was popular!

 

Mark and George

 

football from Great Uncle Chuck

 

Grandma Betty

 

Veda's crazy face

 

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Enzo has enjoyed playing with his new toys today!

We have a busy week ahead, but I will try and get a couple more blog posts in before I head east for Christmas at Papa Ron and Marta’s.

xoxo

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Today’s To-Do:

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What is on our agenda for the day?

*  Take care of shopping list for Michaels using a 20% off coupon

*  Christmas shopping (including a 30% off purchase coupon for Old Navy, and jammies are on sale for $7 today!)

*  Dinner and Zoolights with friends

Sounds like it’s going to be a fun day!  I am glad the sun is shining, it’s much easier to run around doing errands when the weather is dry.

Are you done with your holiday shopping yet? I guess I better remember to buy wrapping paper too.  I wish I enjoyed wrapping gifts, but unfortunately it’s not one of my favorite things to do.  Maybe I need to follow my friend Kira’s lead and get creative with it!

Happy weekend!
xoxo

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A Wish List

I don’t normally do this, but I have been seeing these on other blogs I read and I suddenly got the itch to make one for myself.

If I had to make a wish list for the holidays, these are some things it would include:

Delightful Deer Necklace

found here

2012 Nikki McClure Calendar

 found here

Her hair. Seriously.

 

Epiphanie bag "Lola"

 It’s actually a camera bag, but I think this would be perfect for a purse/camera/diaper bag – stylish to boot!

found here

via Anthropologie

 found here

via Sundance

 found here

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A Holiday Party

The Mr. and I dressed up in our fanciest clothes (and I actually fixed my hair and put makeup on! woah!) and headed out to a holiday party last night at Hagen & Morgan’s.  Grandma and Grandpa came over to watch the baby and keep tabs on Claire.  She was having a friend sleep over, so they stayed upstairs in her room most of the time.  I’m sure they were busying googling Austin Mahone videos and anything having to do with the Iconic Boys.  We decided to throw routine out the window so Enzo was up past his normal bedtime when we left the house.  I figured whatever works, if Grandma rocked him to sleep in her arms that would be fine and he’d love it.  Or if he was still awake when we got home three hours later, that’s not a big deal either.  As long as he was happy.  They said that at one point he got pretty fussy but Claire came down from her room and took over for a minute and she had him happy in no time!  (I love that big sister!)

The party was fabulous, we had a great time.  Unfortunately there are no pictures of the two of us, but that’s usually what happens.  It was a white elephant gift party and so we each took something.  I wrapped one of my dolls and then tipped off our friend David so that he could give it to his little girl Ava.  It worked.  And he didn’t let anyone steal it either cause he immediately went and put it in her backpack.  I was actually surprised that there wasn’t more stealing of gifts like it normally happens with white elephant.  The very first gift opened was the leg lamp from A Christmas Story and it was the only thing to be taken, twice in fact.  Which then it was out of play, otherwise I totally would’ve stolen it come my turn!  I love that movie, it’s definitely a holiday favorite.   Instead we ended up coming home with a turquoise fuzzy body pillow and a bottle of wine, haha (sounds like we were bringing the party home!).  And Enzo was sleeping soundly when we got home at 10:30pm (I know right!  So late, we are serious part-goers).

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Moore for a wonderful evening!

George and Mark (winky winky)

 

Josh, Amber and myself

 

Amber, Perry and myself

 

I believe they were saying "New Year's 99"

 

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And then Mark took the camera and something happened – Morgan (the beautiful hostess with a new hair do, fresh that day, lucky girl!) Amber and I suddenly thought we were models…or something like that…

...that's my Zoolander face...

 

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So much fun!

xoxo

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Decorating our Christmas tree

Last weekend we ventured up to the hills to seek out our Christmas tree.   Hmm, that might be conjuring up visions of us traipsing through the woods, up to our knees in snow, searching for the perfect Noble Fir.  That was last year, which if you were reading this blog then you will remember ended with us giving up and choosing a tree farm just outside of Sandy.  Well, to save time and energy, we just went straight to that same tree farm and cut down a tree.

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Enzo had fallen asleep right before we got there, so he and I waited at the car.

goof balls.

The girls did just fine picking out the tree, and Mark worked his magic with the saw, and the next thing I knew they were back at the car.

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By that time Enzo had woken up, so we stood outside while Mark tied the tree to the roof racks.

blue eyed boy.

 

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Once we got back home, I made a big pot of vegetable bean soup.  It was going to be chili, but without meat (Veda is vegetarian) but I just started adding vegetables and soon it didn’t look like chili at all.  So I renamed it.  It was super tasty and everyone loved it.  We got out all the Christmas decorations and the girls started setting up the tree.  Mark kept Enzo busy reading a book, while I made some cream puffs for dessert!

"Hello little kitten!".. he loves that part

 

My Mom's recipe, how did I do?

Oh, and Claire made her and Veda gigantic mugs of hot chocolate…

GIGANTIC.

I have never really been fussy about how the tree looks.  You know how sometimes you’ll go to peoples houses and their tree looks straight out of a Macy’s Christmas ad?  Everything in it’s place, one central color theme, nothing homemade.   Well, our tree is pretty much the exact opposite of all those things, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  The ornaments are all ones that we have either made ourselves, or collected over the years (even before we were together).  Veda finger-knitted the garland last year.  And there’s about five of the lights that have decided to blink this year (??).  Maybe they did it last year too, but I don’t remember it.  Enzo wasn’t really interested in the decoration process but the girls included him anyway.

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our cute kids.

And Veda made the tree-topper this year, her teacher at school taught her how to do it and they are really beautiful!

Enzo's just doing some final touches.

 

our "star"!

 

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What about you?  Is your tree up yet?

xoxo

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Enzo meets Santa Clause

Hello Santa...

Tonight we drove across the river to meet Grandma & Grandpa Ritchie at a little coffee shop.  Grandma’s friend had invited her and the grandkids to a special Santa meet-n-greet.  I was really anxious to see how Enzo was going to react to the big guy in red.  I have several photos of me as a baby, until about age 3 I guess, sobbing my head off while on the lap of Santa Clause.  So I was prepared for him to react the same way.

...this isn't so bad, but he isn't smiling yet...

I was able to snap a few photos, but there was also a professional taking them as well.  And the best part, it was FREE!  We got a great shot of him, just like this one (only more glamorous, since I don’t know how to do anything besides point-n-shoot with camera).  He didn’t do too bad!

Oh wait…

...there they are...tears.

I knew it!  And then he proceeded to cry as he was passed from Grandma, then to Daddy, and finally to me.  Where he immediately quieted.  Well, duh, that’s cause he’s a mama’s boy!  <3

Are you taking your kids to see Santa this year?  I’m a little sad that our girls are too old for this now.  But I’m happy to start new traditions with Enzo, since right now as he sees it, this big scary bearded guy really does exist!  Hopefully the “scary” part won’t last long.

xoxo

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A nasty cold, an Open House and Etsy!

Hello friends, I must apologize for my absence on here.   Last week I was battling a cold that sort of snuck up on me and then pinned me to the ground, stole my voice and made my head pound.  Okay, that’s a bit dramatic.  But it’s true, it really did make me sound funny and my head hurt for about three days straight.  So when I wasn’t entertaining the little guy, I was trying to make myself feel better by laying low.

I couldn’t lay that low though, because as things tend to go (you only get sick when you have something really fun and exciting coming up!) I had some serious work to do!  My good friend Elena was having an Open House where she was selling her beautiful handmade jewelry, and she invited me to join her and sell my plush dolls!  I know, how incredibly sweet of her!!  So I was busy making dolls over the last several weeks.  I kind of do it like a one-woman assembly line.  I find that if I tackle one step at a time and do a bunch, then go back and do the second step on all of them, and so forth – it helps me to be the most efficient with my time.  LUCKILY, I have a wonderful Mother who is also incredibly handy with the sewing machine, so she came over not one, but TWO nights this week to help me out with the final assembly.  I had about 15 already made, but I got a wild hair on Sunday and decided to cut out about 20 more combinations of fabric.  Yes, I am crazy, so what.

(Thanks again for your help Mom!  I totally wouldn’t have finished them without you!)

The night before the event, I put the girls to work as well.  I wanted the dolls to have cute shoes, so I put them on task to pick out shoe colors and decide which ones would get lace detail.  I didn’t end up finishing all the shoes up, but I did quite a few.  I also made mini cream puffs to take for snacking.

The Open House was a lot of fun and I got to see a bunch of friends from Columbia (Elena and I used to work together, she is still there).  Claire and Enzo went with me and she was such a great help!  Not only did she help with Enzo (who was an angel, of course!) she also was a great little salesgirl.  I overheard her letting some ladies know that I would also do custom if they wanted different hair color or to add bows or something.  And because of that, a woman custom ordered two dolls!  Dang, I am lucky!

My product testing monkey!

 

Table of dolls

 

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I sold about a dozen dolls, but most importantly was the feedback I received!  I learned that people really like the ribbon pigtails and one woman thanked me for making “brown skin babies”.  Interestingly enough, nobody showed any interest in the boy dolls so I know to not spend a lot of time on them for now.  Next, I have the task of putting these dolls up on Etsy!   I will also eventually have my website going at www.dollfacegirl.com.  But for now, you can order from my store here.

I am finally starting to feel better but I’m still not 100%.  I wish I was because we were totally supposed to go meet some newborn twin boys today and I was so bummed we had to reschedule.  Next weekend, hopefully!

One more thing, my beautiful friend Sascha is in the hospital recovering from emergency surgery to remove her ruptured appendix.  Please send her good healing vibes and hope she makes a full recovery!  I love that girl, she’s a very special part of this world.

Xoxo

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