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!