almost six months

It's crazy how time flies, isn't it? Zola is going to be 6 months next week.

We are all settled into the rhythm of parenthood and are enjoying it completely.

She started getting a flat head, so we have to position her on her side more. While she falls asleep, she is sort of compulsive about having something in her hand to play with... she would prefer to hold mama or dada's hand... but we are trying to give her a pajama-time routine that doesn't have us sitting by her side for hours... so she gets this light-up/song playing seahorse instead. It's soft and she likes to pet it and the tunes start her eyeballs rolling up into the back of her head the minute it starts to play. She's a good sleeper and gets tired around 6pm... which is just a half hour after I get home from work :(. I wish we had more time to hang out.

I am sure you will agree with Mark that she has entered her "ugly phase." Clearly, she is hideous.



I'm not sure what snack-a-lack-a means. But, it's my latest word. I say it every day at least 50 times. It is a noun, verb, adjective, and expletive and it pretty much says it all. I finally got around to locating the pictures we took last weekend of Zola Jane having a sand picnic at the beach. We forgot to tell her that just because it exists doesn't mean you can digest it. She thought it was so tasty, though. She came back for seconds and thirds.

I can relate because I just had some fast food sushi for dinner.

We can now push her around in a new stroller! Thanks Mom & Dad! This stroller looks pretty average, but we test drove a lot of different strollers and this one has the best of everything. We surprised ourself, because it's a little bigger than I thought we would like. But Zola spends about a quarter of her life being strolled around, so we thought, "what the heck."

Plans for this weekend? Maybe I'll go for a long walk.



I went to Utah for a long weekend to attend DJ's beautiful wedding. It was a quick trip, but I really enjoyed it and Zola Jane got buried in attention from all her Cousins and Aunts/Uncles. I started calling Roger her "Dad away from Dad" because he is definitely her favorite person in Utah (no offense to everyone else... it's just a fact. Ha ha.)

Zola Jane got her pictures taken with Jailyn, her cousin who was due on the same day but born three weeks or so apart. It was so interesting to see how much different the two girls are... and look at all of Jailyn's hair! How wonderful. She is also much taller than ZJ.

How did this cute one taken at home get in here? Oh, because it's so cute who can resist. She's grabbing at those feet constantly. And so am I. They're irresistible.

Marilyn looked lovely. She had little strands of golden tinsel sparkling in her side-swept hair and a contagious smile all day. The evening before the wedding we got to hang at her bachelorette party where we dipped strawberries into a chocolate fondue fountain and talked about how exhausted we all were. What work weddings are!

I hijacked the rings for a few shots with their beautiful cake. I just loved the figurines. Such a fun touch to the fireman theme.

The cousin in the middle is Wyatt. He is a few months older than the girls.


spring traditions

We were thinking of celebrating Easter this year. It's the sort of holiday that is funner when you are a kid and can hunt for eggs, over-indulge in candy without guilt, and someone else does all the cooking and egg-deviling and cleaning up after.

Instead, we just decided to make a big breakfast and spend some time together as a family. It was enough. No ham, mashed potatoes, and homemade rolls... but no grocery trip, piles of dishes, and hours over the stove, either.

Happy whatever-you-celebrate for Spring.