We had some extra time this morning so I took some candid pictures of Brayden attempting to get up on all fours, and a cute PJ picture of the Emily and Brayden. Not much has been happening lately so this will have to do!! Have a good week!
Last week we had a decent rain storm amidst partial sun. I took this picture out our back door. If you look hard you can see that it is a double rainbow, with the second one really faint. It was fun to look at and Emily had fun out in the rain with me taking pictures!
So, Emily and I were talking about her day today and she said "you know what mom, I have a boyfriend!" I asked her what his name was and she said "Dayton, he's in my class." So the conversation went on and I asked her if she played with him at recess and she stated "not necessarily." I asked her who she played with and she named her friend Molly. So, then I was curious and asked "Em what makes him your boyfriend?" She matter of factly replied "I told him he was and he said yes." Really? They start this young huh? I'm slowly finding out that Kindergarten isn't what it used to be AT ALL!
Where does the time go? I've been so focused on Emily with her schooling, soccer and friends, that I've forgotten to do a recent post for Brayden. I can't believe he'll be 6 months old next month. He's a mover and a shaker and loves to be on his belly. He bounces like crazy in his exercauser so we tried him in the Johnny Jump Up tonight and he got the hang of it quickly. I love being home with him and getting to spend quality one on one time while Em is at school. Having a boy has been such a blessing and I feel so much love for the little guy. Enjoy the pics- still can't get him to smile long enough, he doesn't like the light of the camera!
Last week Emily and her friends Molly and Arianna had so much fun playing on a really big inflatable water slide that Arianna's parents set up in their backyard. The girls had a blast and the weather was perfect. What a great Indian Summer we've had!
I can't believe that we are almost half way through September and it still feels like August in the Pacific Northwest. Our temps have been in the 90's and we're STILL enjoying all the fun summer activities with one difference, SCHOOL!! Emily just finished her first full week of Kindergarten and had fun learning about the letter "A" and the aaaa sound. They had an A party with applesauce and muffins, made apple graphs, placed the alphabet up the coconut tree and painted apple trees. Emily comes home exhausted each day saying "mom Kindergarten is hard work." I think what she finds hard is the ability to concentrate for long periods of time, pay attention and follow the rules! She is beginning to spell phonetically and learning to write her name in lower case letters. I am amazed what she is doing already!
While she is away at school and Brayden is busy playing, I am experimenting with different recipes to use up the 100 apples we have on our tree!! So far I have made apple crisp, apple cake and applesauce. I will make an apple pie soon. For those of you who know me well, know I have to bake gluten or wheat free, so I've been on the internet searching for those fun recipes that don't taste weird using different types of flours. I made an apple cake that was OUT OF THIS WORLD!! Ask my neighbor Sarah, she dreamt about it! I will share the recipe for those of you who like to bake... also doing applesauce in the crockpot was about the greatest invention there is. Washington is sure a great state to grow apples in!!
Apple Cake- Gluten Free Recipe Ingredients: Beat together: 1-3/4 cup sugar 3 eggs
Add: 1 Cup oil, mix until creamy.
Sift together: 2 Cups gluten free flour ( I used brown rice flour- my fav.) 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 1 tsp. xanthan gum ( to bind)
Directions: Mix dry ingredients into egg mixture. Fold in 2 cups sliced apples and 1 cup chopped nuts ( I used almonds). Batter will be stiff. Turn into 9x13 inch pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 375 for 40 to 45 min. Top with powdered sugar if you wish.
Bottom left to right: Emily(5), Addie(7), Jada(12), Holli, Nikki, Pete Top left to right: Jade, Brayden(4m.), Kirsten, Gary, Linda, Ron (missing Dane(2), asleep in the car!)
We celebrated Holli and Pete's engagement at the Nordic Inn in Alpine Wyoming. Jade's parents are from Star Valley and this was a perfect setting for a party! We enjoyed good food and drinks along with getting to meet more friends and family. The weather held out for the most part and family pictures were a success! It was a great way to spend Labor Day weekend.
The Wahlstrom Clan Bottom left to right: Emily(5) ,Jewell, Seth(3), Ethan(7), Dave Top left to right: Jade, Kirsten,Brayden(4m.) Erik, Jennifer
On our trip Emily and Ethan got to play quite a bit and had a blast together. Their favorite activity as the night progressed was throwing toy cars in the back yard and taking a flash light and trying to find them. Cheap entertainment- love it! We had a Wahlstrom get together the last night we were there celebrating Ethan's birthday a little late with dinner and ice cream cake- yummy! The favorite toy of the night was a remote control "Wall-E" that Ethan got from his grandparents. It was quite the hit with all the kids and they had fun making it move around the house. It was good to see my brother and his family and get the cousins together!
Where has the past 5 years gone? I look at our sweet, darling, red-headed daughter who has grown up WAY too fast and memories of my childhood and starting school come flooding back. Today she got dressed in her outfit and was ready to eat breakfast the minute I woke up. So much excitement, she could hardly wait to see her friend Molly and ride the "big bus" to school. She had a great day, loves her new teacher, and enjoyed a special visit from the principal. She came home with a special trail mix that the class made and was so proud that she re-used her baggie from snack to put some of the trail mix in it. She loves to recycle and helps me sort things quite frequently. I waited at the school for her to get off the bus and she greeted me with a smile and held my hand. She was quiet, observant and followed the teachers directions to a tee. That's my girl!! She came off that bus SO excited and it did my heart good...what a day we had! It ended with cupcakes at Molly's to help celebrate her first day at school. It warms my heart to know that we have raised such a beautiful child full of hope, enthusiasm, creativity, and a love for learning...this is what parenting is all about!
Over Labor Day weekend we went to Utah and Wyoming to celebrate Emily's 5th birthday and spend time with family. We also attended an engagement party for Jade's sister. Emily had SO much fun on Grammy Linda and Poppa Gary's "farm" as she likes to call it. It's actually a ranch with lots of horses, cats, chicks, roosters, peacocks and many wildlife roaming around. She had a great birthday full of horse back riding, 4 wheeling, swimming,riding on a fun tire swing, along with a big dinner and a TON of gifts. Man, is she spoiled or what? We had a great time and Emily enjoyed seeing both sets of grandparents along with aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course great-grandmothers too! The weather was perfect until the last day when it actually snowed!! Below are some highlights of our trip and I will post the larger family photo's when they get organized- enjoy!
Jade and I have been married for over 12 years and have two beautiful read headed children. We are living in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy all that it has to offer and embracing each day to the fullest!