Been A While

Yay for summer and swings!

Yay for summer and swings!

Ha, it has been a while, and I’ve really enjoyed my time off. Remy’s sleeping now (well, right now, not in general – he still sleeps like shit) and OccDoc is working out, and I’m procrastinating so I thought I’d take some time to update my blog. Remy is just over 14 months old, and we are really enjoying our second summer together. Every day he just amazes me. I can’t believe how lucky we are to have this little guy in our lives. Life is pretty sweet for our family. OccDoc and I have been working very hard and been very busy with our latest endeavor.

Spaghetti Monster

Spaghetti Monster

We’ve spent the last two months working on paperwork and training to be foster parents. We’re really very close to being licensed and opening our home. We still have to get the rooms ready in our house, but it’s minor stuff like some painting and assembling furniture. Craziness. We’re both excited about our next step, but we also have those moments of ‘what are we doing?!‘ Of course, even when I was pregnant with Remy we still had those moments of ‘what are we doing?!‘, too, so I think it’s normal.

Remy does not like his fedora.

Remy does not like his fedora.

So, yeah, I’m not sure how much I’ll update our foster care journey here, but I thought I should put it out there and start sharing the news with people. It’s pretty possible we could have a child/children placed with us before this summer is over with.

Asparagus Walrus

Asparagus Walrus

I love watching Remy interact with other kids, especially when he gets to hang out with slightly older children. I knew we’d never be a one and done family, and foster care has been something that we’ve talked about and thought about for years and years. There’s no time like the present, so we’re jumping in and getting on the roller coaster. Thanks for your positive vibes you’re sending our way, friends. Enjoy your summer!

Party Recap

The birthday party was yesterday. It actually went over really well. I was torn about who to invite – it could have been tiny or HUGE – I wanted the invite list to be somewhere in the middle. I decided to invite family (duh) and friends. But what friends do you invite? Facebook friends, friends from a specific place, or friends friends? I really agonized over this decision and went back and forth for awhile. I didn’t want to hurt feelings, but I didn’t want to huge party either. I decided I would invite people that I had a play date with or interacted with in more than one place. Like my friends from yoga that I also hike with. Or my friends from my birth class that I have play dates with now. Unfortunately this meant some of my friends that I haven’t had the chance to hang out with didn’t get an invite. And I sent invites out like 6 weeks ago, so my newer friends weren’t on the list. I know the birthday invite politics just get more crazy as the kids age, so this is an aspect I’m really not looking forward to. It was stressful enough for the first birthday party!

The theme was something that everyone was curious about. Since Remy loves ribs we knew we had to have ribs as the main entree of the party, so we decided on a cowboy theme. The party decorations kind of snowballed. I ordered a John Wayne cardboard cutout for a photo booth, which was really fun! I also made a bunting the displayed a photo from each month which turned out really, really cute. And my awesome mom and dad came down the night before the party to help out – they got tasked with making the bibdanas I procrastinated on.

Family photo

Family photo

Mmm...ribs!

Mmm…ribs!

Birthday Bunting

Birthday Bunting

Birthday Bunting Closeup

Birthday Bunting Closeup

Remy in his bibdana

Remy in his bibdana

Me and OccDoc

Me and OccDoc

We asked guests of the party to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal for donation to a local foster agency. I just about cried at the response. I’m so grateful for my friends’ generosity.

Stuffed animals collected for donation

Stuffed animals collected for donation

The food turned out really good. The ribs and corn bread muffins we had catered in, but I made most everything else. I love cooking, so it was fun to do the party prep. I made mango salsa, cowboy caviar (tomatoes, avocados, black beans, corn, onion, cilantro, and lime juice), mac and cheese with spinach, my favorite quinoa salad from WF, my mom brought some baked beans, and a spinach and strawberry salad topped with goat cheese. I just realized I forgot to put out salad dressing. Oops, sorry friends! I couldn’t have been happier with how the food turned out. I ordered a carrot cake for the party, but made Remy a modified French yogurt cake. Yum!  Did I get a photo of the cake I made? Um, no.

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to Remy

Yeah, so a year has passed since Remy was born. The fastest and slowest year of our lives. Weird how that works.

From crabby newborn to smiling toddler

From crabby newborn to smiling toddler

This week I’m busy getting things together for Remy’s birthday party on Sunday. We decided to repurpose the empty bunny area in the family room to a play area for Remy. I’m hoping it will be done, so he can play with his new toys in his new play area on his birthday. Photos forthcoming.

I do feel like kind of a slacker in regards to Remy’s party. I haven’t even been on Pinterest trolling for ideas. Gasp! Low key, lots of friends, yummy food, and John Wayne – no Pinterest needed for that. :) I’ll be sure to take some photos to do a recap about it – just in case you want to pin something. LOL!

Happy First Birthday to my little guy!