I really wish I was better at staying on top of this blogging thing...I'm always a month or 2 or 3 behind. Ohhhh well. We have so much to look forward to in the next few months and I'm hoping to stay on top of it. Being behind is fine with me just as long as I take a night to get all caught up... not to mention I write this blog mainly to remember what we were up to. Does anyone even read this? haha Thanks sister for always keeping me on it. Your family blog inspires me to do the same for my little family. We moved to Truckee January 3rd and have been here for the past 6 weeks. A much needed change after having Liv in her first 6 months in the city in a not so quiet neighborhood. The older I get the more I desire to be away from the busyness of life. This has been a perfect get away for our family and a good chance for Pete and Liv to connect in a deeper way with one another. And Oh my how she loves her daddy. Also a good opportunity for Pete to get the work done needed for him to take off with this meat company in the foothills. I kid with him saying if I would have known 3 years ago that you were going to buy a business in the foothills and take me back near my home town, I would have ran away...and fast. Funny how mindsets change and how Yuba doesn't seem at all bad while growing a little family. Hello!! Friends and family all around! What could be better?! It's mostly been the 3 of us up here with a few weekends full of fun with friends and family. In 2 weeks we leave for Europe, mostly Italy and will be gone for 6 weeks!! Are you kidding me!?! This has been a dream of mine for the longest time and now we are actually going! No better to go then with my little family and with a husband who is way easy going but an experienced traveler... I think Liv is the perfect age for traveling too, and she is a pretty easy go with the flow baby herself. The one thing i'm a little worried about is the long plane ride, but i'm pretty sure we'll get through it with little to no hitch. More about the Europia trip soon. I hope to take my computer and blog while we are there!!
In the meantime, I want to post a few pictures from the past 6 weeks of being in the barely any snow winter in Truckee. It's been such a good time for Liv to flourish. As I write this she is 8 and a half months old and learning so much everyday. I tend to consider her a little on the smarter side....haha is that because I'm her mommy? Maybe that has a little to do with it but she has been pretty "with it" since day one. Now for her timeline... she was sitting up on her own at 6 months, rocking on all fours soon after, and shortly after, crawling, and having it mastered by 7.5 months. She started to pull herself up to standing position at the end of 7 months and soon it was all she was doing and all she wanted to do. Practice makes perfect. She would stand over and over and over again in her crib and found it a fun game to let herself fall backwards. Her balance and coordination amazes me everyday. She's a really cautious baby yet totally adventurous. She's my little explorer. Recently she has taken on her own dance moves every time a song comes on, she loves music. She makes faces that mimic what I'm doing and she's learning what she needs to do to make me laugh. Doesn't take much. Just in the past week she has started standing on her own, in the middle of the room with nothing to hang onto. The longest she's stood is about 15 seconds and then she slowly lowers herself back down to the floor. She's totally over her baby food mush and pretty much spits out every bite I attempt to feed her. So big girl food it is...Liv's first solids: eggs, Avocados, blueberries, broccoli, yogurt, applesauce, rice, small pieces of pasta, banana...today i gave her some pieces of raisin bread and small pieces of banana pancakes and she was in heaven. Seriously I just love her to pieces. I can't get enough of her sweetness. I can't wait to just watch her learn more and more. The most incredible part of being a mommy is the love that I feel for my baby girl, and knowing that I have a great responsibility in showering her with the love that will help make her healthy and whole, and being apart of her growth everyday! Knowing that I play a huge roll in her development and who she turns out to be. She absolutely LOVES her daddy, and her papa and that makes my heart happy, knowing she has some amazing men in her life who shower her with love and affection. She loves books, and she loves to play. She can play on her own for hours. Cutest thing to watch.
Pete and I celebrated our one year anniversary on the 30th of January! What a year it's been. In the first year of our marriage we did a whole loft remodel (while I was pregnant and wanting to nest) I went to school for my esthetician hours, we had Olivia Love on June 2nd, Pete started the planning for his meat business, we moved to Truckee and well it was a very eventful year. But honestly the best year of my life so far. It's hard to describe being a mommy for the first time. These moments that Pete and I are experiencing with our first little girl will never be lived again. I want to freeze this precious time and soak it all in. Appreciate even the challenging times that make life all the more sweeter with hard growth and growing pains. Our first year of marriage definitely won't go down in the books as our easiest. It was hard. At some points I wanted to run away. (I'm sure a lot of it being crazy hormones) But there is something beautiful about the journey with one single other person who sees you at your ugliest moments and stays put. Stays by your side to work through the toughest of times. In the end what a blessing it is to look back on a life with the one person you went through it with and say we did it. We know each other in and out. saw each other through the struggles and the changes and we are still here. And I love you more today then I ever have before. I can imagine thats what it will feel like. Especially after a hard year with a lot of challenges and then looking at him on the night of our one year anniversary in complete love and adoration looking forward to continuing doing life with him, promising that I will never give up. Olivia's birth brought us together this year in a way that we will never forget. Not being oblivious to the fact that it will get hard at times still, and we will bug each other at times and I will feel like flipping him off. But there is growth and love at the end of the day. And a deep appreciation for sticking it out. I love my man. Not to mention it is so darn attractive
that he is the best daddy to his little girl. Here's to another great year and lot of new memories to be made...