Wednesday, December 12

A photo.

I've been going through our computer and backing up all of our photos, and found this one this morning. Three days old. 

Oh Sammy, why do you have to grow so fast?

Does anyone have any secrets for backing up photos, especially those on your phone? My phone is completely full. Seriously.

Friday, December 7

It's leaking.

12-06-2012 sam christmas tree 2
I hope you can all see the string of drool from his mouth to the quilt.  It's how we roll these days.

While visiting Grandma Lewis over Thanksgiving, one of the women in her building pointed at Sam drooling and said, "It's leaking."

Tuesday, November 27



The Turners surprised us and flew us down for Thanksgiving this year.  We hadn't had a Thanksgiving with family since 2009 when we lived in New York City, so this was a real treat.  We owe it all to Sam! Look at that fan club:


Molly Kate was our official Thanksgiving florist, and made an incredible centerpiece out of a stalk of brussels sprouts, cranberries, and flowers.  Miss Creative.  Look at that beautiful corsage!
molly's centerpiece

First try with the Bumbo (thanks for lending it to us, Rachel).

Making mischief with Grandma. More on that later.

The weather was sunny and beautiful.  We did our own Turkey Trot and ran down Emigration Canyon, saw "Life of Pi" while Sam screamed at Grandma back at home all night, met 4-week-old baby Hayes, enjoyed a fancy roast beef dinner with the Oldroyds before they left for their Thanksgiving adventure in Mississippi, and ate lots and lots of my mother-in-law's famous pie. A successful trip.

Remind me next time to take a family picture. I'm kicking myself.

Monday, November 26

4 - four - 4 - four - 4 - four - 4

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WEIGHT: 15 lbs 5 oz (25-50%)

HEIGHT/LENGTH: 25 3/4 in (50-75%)

AVERAGE NIGHT'S SLEEP:  8-10 hours, with a whopping 11-hour stretch while in Salt Lake for Thanksgiving.

- STANDING UP (with help)
- NOT NAPPING To quote Grandma Turner: "I'm surprised how little he sleeps!"
- EATING EVERY HOUR AND A HALF (hence the foray into the world of solid foods)

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:  First laugh, dressed up for Halloween, first Thanksgiving, first taste of solid foods (LOVES butternut squash soup, turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie), and discovered those cute feet and toes! 

PLACES HE'S BEEN:  Salt Lake City, Mukilteo, and antiquing in Snohomish (very cultured for his age).

- The best days are the days when I can find JOY in the simple things.
- Let go of the OCD tendencies.  The house is never spotless, I usually have white splotches all over my clothes, and sometimes I go a week without really styling my hair.  I love that motherhood has helped me be more laid-back and focused on what really matters. It is very, very hard at times but those little gummy smiles make it heaven.

Friday, November 16


My grandma Dorothy - who somehow, with 8 kids, made bread from scratch every week in that little oven.
Friends, I've found it: a successful recipe for homemade wheat bread.

No bread machine required.
No fancy wheat gluten required.

The hardest part about making this bread is waiting for it to rise (twice). 

Let me tell you, I have made several dozen BAD loaves of wheat bread.  I don't know if I can call them loaves - more like bricks of wheat.  I have had success with this recipe every single time... except for the time I forgot to put in yeast. In my defense, it was right after Sam was born (I didn't believe in "mommy brain" until that day).


1 c. warm milk
1/2 c. warm water
4 T. (1/2 stick) butter, melted + cooled
3 T. honey
2 c. bread flour (you'll want to get bread flour, it makes all the difference)
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour (we use Bob's Red Mill, but any wheat flour works)
2 1/4 t. (1 envelope) instant or rapid-rise yeast
2 t. salt

Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl.
Combine dry ingredients in a stand mixer with dough hook. 
Add wet to dry with the mixer on low speed. 
Increase speed to medium-low, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes (you can add more flour if the dough is too sticky).  The dough will stick to the bottom of the bowl, but not stick to the sides of the bowl. 
Let rise in a warm place until doubled (1-1 1/2 hours).
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured counter and press into a 9" square.
Roll dough into a tight cylinder, and pinch the seam closed.
Place the loaf seam-side down in a 9" loaf pan, wrap with plastic wrap (coated with nonstick spray), and let rise until doubled (1-1 1/2 hours).
Brush loaf with 1 T. melted butter.
Fill an empty loaf pan with boiling water, and place next to your bread.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until the center of the bread reaches 200 degrees.


And here's a picture of my grandma with my mom (I think) - I see so much of Sam in this baby!

Sunday, November 11


My mom was going through Sam withdrawal, so she came up for a few days this past week. 



The weather forecast did an about-face the day before Mom came.  Every time Mom comes to town it's sunny!  We took advantage of the beautiful weather and drove up to the Mukilteo Lighthouse for some fish and chips, and spent the next day in the beautiful historic town of Snohomish where we did some antiquing and Christmas shopping.

What Sam would look like with hair.  This had us rolling.


My mom kicked us out of the house her last night to go on a date - our first date since having Sam.  We made the mistake of going out for sushi and sitting at the sushi bar, which meant our meal only took about 20 minutes, so we tried to use up more time by stopping for hot chocolate and buying chapstick (the exciting life we live, you guys). Still, a much needed night out, if only for an hour and a half.  Thanks, Mom.


It was so much fun to have someone else with me during the day to go crazy over Sam's funny personality and new tricks.  Sam has never smiled or laughed as much as he did when she was here.  Grandmas are the best.  Love you, Mom.

Sunday, November 4

for those of you not on instagram...

our little gnome on his first Halloween.

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Wednesday, October 31

October 30th

We discovered our feet and toes yesterday.

Last night after Sam was asleep, I started his Halloween costume.

Yes, started on October 30th at 8:30pm.

I figured I didn't need a pattern since I took sewing lessons at The Finishing School when I was 11 where I made an awesome floral jumper and outfits for little bunny dolls.  Who needs a pattern?  Classic Tally, jumping into a project with no concrete plan of attack literally at the eleventh hour.  Needless to say, the main component ended up in the garbage and we will now go a little more basic.

Oh Sam, I hope you turn out like your Dad. The man who looked up a recipe for mashed potatoes and followed it down to the very tablespoon.  Love that about him so much.  Opposites really do attract.

Wednesday, October 24


sam 3 months 10-24-2012
Sam learned to use his arms this month, so this picture seemed appropriate.
My amazing aunt Kathy made the sweater vest. 

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WEIGHT: 14 lbs 7 oz

HEIGHT/LENGTH: About 24 in

AVERAGE NIGHT'S SLEEP:  Sam started sleeping through the night and taking naps the weekend of General Conference!  He has since averaged 8-10 hours a night, with 1-2 naps a day (finally!).  You might say it happened... overnight.

- SUCKING HIS THUMB - Oh boy, he found his thumb, which makes him a true Turner.  Some mornings we'll hear him in his crib sucking his hand like there's no tomorrow.  He's still not sure what to do with the rest of his fingers, and still can't quite control his arms, which means he smacks himself in the face often, trying to find that thumb again.
- THE CEILING FAN - This has provided hours and hours of entertainment.  It is so much fun to watch him laugh and coo.
- FACETIME - Sam loves FaceTime with his grandmas and aunts.  He'll instantly start smiling, cooing, and talking to the phone.


ACCOMPLISHMENTS:  Started sleeping through the night (!), coos + smiles + babbles nonstop, visited Dad at his office, met his fans at the Seattle Symphony, dressed up as Mario for Christian's birthday party,went to his first Oktoberfest, met Great Great Aunt Madelyn, rode through his first snow storm, and started using his arms and hands to grab things and bring them to his mouth.

PLACES HE'S BEEN:  Seward Park, Issaquah, downtown Seattle, Maple Valley, and the Bavarian village of Leavenworth (Oktoberfest!).


- I feel like I'm finally figuring out Sam's inner clock.  I realized that I just needed to pay better attention to the times he was getting fussy each day, and recognize his tired cues.  Once I figured that out, his sleeping and temperament improved dramatically!

- It's okay to leave Sam and Taylor for a girls' night out. I came home and they had been to the grocery store, Sam was asleep in his crib, and Taylor was baking hello dollies for his work meeting the next day. A strange role reversal.

sam 3 months 2 10-24-2012

It just gets better and better.  Every day brings more smiles, coos, and new discoveries. 
We love you, Sammers!

Tuesday, October 23

washington park arboretum | japanese garden

Molly came up to Seattle for the weekend. More on that later, but for now enjoy autumn in Seattle (I'm typing with one hand).

arboretum 2

10-21-2012 Arboretum with Mol 3

10-21-2012 Arboretum with Mol 2 
Sam loved the Arboretum (obviously).

10-21-2012 Arboretum Fam 1

Wednesday, October 17


While we were in Utah over Labor Day weekend, Mom gave me a few pieces of clothing that I wore as a baby.  Apparently she and Dad thought that I was going to be a boy, so I ended up wearing a lot of red and blue.  I was so excited to put these little shirts on Sam.  He wears them well!

I can't believe he is going to be THREE months old in a week.  Time is going by so quickly - I only just pulled out more of his three-to-six month clothing, and he's too big for some of it!

Tuesday, October 9

It's Autumntime!


Fall is my favorite time of year.  I get so excited at the thought of pumpkin chocolate chip bread, butternut squash soup and fresh apple cider.  I find myself thumbing through the fall Williams-Sonoma catalog like it's my favorite book (the recipes! the food! it's so beautiful!).  I love pulling my corduroy pants and wool scarves + sweaters out of storage and wearing socks again.  Is there anything better than the crisp breeze and scent of wet moss in the morning?

Sam and I have been taking in the last few days of sunny Seattle while we can.  We are lucky to live in a great part of Seattle where there are some incredible neighborhoods and homes just a few blocks away.  Yesterday we wandered one of the oldest neighborhoods in Seattle, filled with large brick mansions built in the 1930s and 40s (a certain Microsoft man used to live there until he built his high-tech home across the Lake in Medina).  I could wander those quiet streets all day.  Don't you love the entryway to this home?  It would be such a magical place to welcome trick or treaters. 

pumpkin cottage

And, because I love you, my favorite recipe for chocolate chip pumpkin bread.  Just like Great Harvest, but healthier.  You're welcome.

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2 c. sugar
2 c. canned pumpkin
1/2 c. canola oil
1/2 c. fat-free vanilla pudding (prepared)
4 large egg whites

3 c. all-purpose flour
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1/2 t. ground cloves
1 1/4 t. salt
1 t. baking soda

Combine first group in large bowl.  Combine second group in medium bowl.
Add the dry mixture to the pumpkin mixture, stirring just until moist.
Add 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Spoon into 2 loaf pans (8x4).

Bake @ 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
*You can also bake this in muffin tins, if you can't wait an hour and fifteen minutes (which is usually the case in our house).  Mini muffins bake around 15-20 minutes, regular muffins bake around 25-30 minutes.

Monday, October 1

two months: stats and review

Sam is down for a nap, which is a miracle, as he hasn't taken a nap during the day since The Nap of September 20th (a whopping 25-minutes). What happened to my boy who immediately was out at 1pm for 3 hours?  Maybe I need to not be so much fun.

sam 2 months

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WEIGHT: 12 lbs 4 oz (25-50%)

HEIGHT/LENGTH:  23 in (again, 25-50%)

AVERAGE NIGHT'S SLEEP:  5-hour stretch + 3-hour stretch, though we're getting a few 7-hour stretches here and there. Way to go, Sammy!

- SMILING - Oh my goodness.  When his perfect little face smiles up at us, my heart feels like it's going to burst with happiness.  The only feeling I can compare it to is when Taylor held my hand for the first time.  Cheesy, yes, but that's the truth.
- DAD - Taylor truly is the Baby Whisperer.  There are some days when Sam won't fall asleep for me, but after 5 minutes in Taylor's arms, he's out.
- BEING AWAKE - Sam stopped taking naps around 7 weeks (okay, we'll get a 20-minute nap once or twice a week, and he does sleep in the car and while out with the stroller).  I love getting more time to play and watch his huge blue eyes light up as he discovers new things (but sometimes it would be nice to have two hands).
- STANDING - He loves being held up on his toes.  Instantly his eyes light up, his mouth opens wide, and he gets the proudest look on his face. 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:  Received a name and a blessing from Dad, met his great-grandparents, grew too long for 0-3 month clothes (but too skinny for 3-6 month clothes), flew to and from Salt Lake without a peep, will now make eye contact and coo/smile (he is a very, very happy baby), laughs in his sleep (the best), is starting to grow more hair, opens his hands and can sometimes hold objects, and is finally spitting up for real (which means our dry cleaning bill is about 50% higher).

PLACES HE'S BEEN:  Salt Lake City, Cedar City, Zion National Park, Provo, IKEA, and culinary expeditions to Serious Biscuit and Bitterroot BBQ.

- Don't feel guilty for taking it easy with the baby all day.  I'm having a hard time with this one.  It is heaven cuddling and playing with Sam all day, but I need to work on not feeling horrible when Taylor comes home from work exhausted and then heads to church meetings while Sam and I catch up on Project Runway and spend our days outside in the beautiful fall weather.

- A rough day becomes so much better with a large Diet Coke from the McDonald's drive-thru (so that's why my mom always stopped at McDonald's for a Diet Coke when we were little...).  We've only had to go twice, but boy, I whistled the whole way home.

- Sam likes us!  His smiles, coos, and laughs have been so reassuring the past few weeks.  It's not gas (I swear); he's smiling because he likes us!

- Sam may be a different religion. He's not loving church. I'm thinking of taking him to the synagogue up the street on Saturday.

sam smile blessing outfit

We love you, Sammers!

Monday, September 24

Sam's name.

blessing 8

SamuelName of God.  Son of Elkanah and Hannah, born in answer to his mother's prayers...

 ...he is a signal example of faith, patience, integrity, and self-sacrifice through a long and trying career.  

(excerpts from the LDS Bible Dictionary)

 blessing 5

Happy TWO MONTHS, Sammy!  Life with you is heaven on earth.

Stats to come.

Tuesday, September 18

Other Utah Highlights

Sam spent the morning with Grandpa Oldroyd in my favorite spot.

J Dawgs!  We feel a little out of place when we eat out in Seattle with a car seat, but when we showed up at J Dawgs, there were already two other families there with car seats.  Good ol' Utah County. 

We introduced Sam to his Great-Grandmothers:


Recognize the bunny?

Uncle Jim is already Sam's favorite!


*The crowd, minus Jon + LindaKay

We spent the first half of our trip in Southern Utah with the 39ers.  See more about the 39ers and our previous reunions here and here.  By some miracle we were ALL able to make it to Cedar City this year!  What an incredible group of friends.  Every time we are with these friends I find myself thinking, "I want to be more like that person, and that person, and that person..."

The highlight was that in the past year 5 of the 6 couples had a baby!  Hooray for the Class of 2030!  Four boys and one girl, so the four boys will have to become the 39er Second Generation and be roommates in King Henry #39 at BYU (and each go on at least one date with Clara).  I couldn't resist, and made 39er shirts for all the kiddos:

Sam needs to work on facing the camera.

Tyler and Becca were in charge of the planning this year, and did a wonderful job considering all of the young ones!  It was so nice to have time and space to relax and catch up with everyone.  Becca's grandparents have an awesome retro summer home in Cedar City, and we were all able to fit under one roof, which means at any given time there was a baby napping or eating.  We picked peaches from the trees in the backyard, played running charades, and ate lots of delicious food during the traditional Saladfest.


We enjoyed a beautiful day in Zion National Park (I think Taylor still wants to move there). The boys (minus "Danger" David) hiked, and the girls + babies + David showed up at the Lodge later that afternoon for a big picnic.  Unfortunately, when you take six young women with four strollers, lots of babies, one tall man, and you're in Southern Utah, you tend to look polygamist.  I think we raised a few eyebrows at the Lodge. Pretty hilarious.

The full group.

Such a great group, and a wonderful reunion.  Thank you, Tyler and Becca!