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introducing...



Introducing Greta Jo Ostrum. Born on 7/23/18, weighing 7 lbs, 14 ozs and measuring 20" long. 

I'll share more of her birth story later, but for now, here are a few pictures of her and our family.






Poor Chloe fell on her scooter the day before Greta was born. All the hospital pictures show off her gnarly face scab. Luckily it's all healed now!










Craters of Moon National Monument and Idaho



Oh my goodness, it's been a full month since these pictures and trip were taken. Honestly my brain has been taken over by baby prep and work stress lately. The last month has been full of lots of work commitments and when I am home it's all family time and trying to remember everything I need to keep a baby alive. 

At the end of May, the girls and I took a trip to Idaho to visit my parents. Chris had to head out of town on a work trip (to France, poor guy), so I decided to take a week off also and see my parents. It was nice to relax for a week at my parents house and get to spend one on one time with them. Usually I see them during the holidays and all of my siblings are around (read: madhouse). I love to see all of my family together, but that many personalities in one house can sometimes be stressful.




This time around the girls got to run around outside, play in the dirt, pet sheep, and generally run free. My mother was worried she didn't have enough toys or activities, but luckily Chloe and Elinor are super good at making up their own games and adventures without much help. I'd like to take credit for some of that (very limited screen time and no computer games), but I think they are just generally good kids. 




My parents resting on the back porch. This image is grainy (it was taken through a screen door) and the composition is horrible, but they are my parents and I love them, so I had to document it.




One of the day trips we took while we were visiting was to Craters of the Moon National Monument. After visiting, it dawned on me why I ended up pursuing Geological Engineering in college. I was surrounded by such cool geologic features at a young age, and with a brain wired like mine, I would want to learn more about each and every one of them when I went to college. Nerd alert....







Unfortunately, it was pretty rainy spring day on the day we visited. Craters of the Moon is surrounded by a desert, but here we were, enjoying a unexpected wet spell.

We stopped in Arco to pick up some plastic bags, because of course, no one came prepared. I had packed rain jackets but failed to throw them in the car before we left home. Also, Chloe thought it would be a good idea to wear shorts. 






Eventually the rain did stop and we were able to hike a bit and explore the lava tubes. This was definitely the highlight of the trip. Any time caves are involved, I get super excited. Well, only large caves where you don't have to crawl through tight spaces. My fear of small spaces definitely outweighs my fascination with unique geologic features. 











If you are ever around eastern Idaho, I would recommend stopping by. It's also an International Dark Sky Park!

a sucker cake



Last weekend we celebrated Elinor's 3rd birthday! As you can see by the photo above, a great time was had by all, especially Elinor.

She had been asking for a sucker cake for months. Elinor is not really one for deserts or cake, so I was guessing the sucker cake idea was just an excuse to have suckers for her birthday. Well, lo and behold, that's exactly what happened. She exactly 0 bites of cake and devoured her sucker. 




I was glad I didn't spend too much time on her cake since the main event was definitely the suckers. Chloe was pretty excited about the concept too. Candy on top of her cake, what is there left to complain about?!




It was nice to celebrate at home as a family. Our 3 year old didn't care too much that we didn't have a fancy party somewhere with a gaggle of kids, she was more than happy to hang out and eat her sucker with her family. 

It's so cliche, but these past three years have just flown by! She got a big girl bed for her birthday and it's so fun to lay down with her at night and hear what crazy things she has to say. She's definitely the 'ham' of the family and enjoys telling stories with a myriad of facial expressions. It's hilarious. 

Happy birthday miss, I'm excited to see what your future holds!

Dailey Lake



I love this photo. I mean, my husband and his step-dad acting like muscle-y goofballs at the beach. It can't really get more entertaining than that.

Last weekend during our camping trip we spent a few hours at Dailey Lake. A beautiful lake just outside Yellowstone Park. We had two paddle boards and a couple little boats to play in for a while until the afternoon thunderstorms rolled in. The twin babies got to go out with their Nana and my girls spent time on the water too!

I do wish I had brought life jackets for both of them, but we all ended up staying above the water, so that's good!!
















Kris Kross will make you jump jump



In preparation for our trip to Europe in a month, we've been trying to get some gear to help us travel with minimal effort. We haven't traveled overseas with kids before, so we're trying to anticipate every sticky situation and be prepped for it. One example is we anticipate we'll be walking alot, because that's what you do on vacation, especially if you don't have a car and you want to explore a new city. We also will be walking extensively on cobblestone and brick streets so bringing a stroller might not be a great idea. Our thought was to bring a hiking backpack and bring Elinor along with us on our back. So Chris bought the Osprey POCO Ag Plus for our trip.

So what does that all have to do with me jumping in front of a lake? Well, that was my excitement at getting to test out our new baby/toddler hiking backpack on a hike. We traveled up to the Brainard Lake area and hiked up to Left-hand Reservoir. It was a huge success (other than Chris got a terrible sunburn and Elinor like the pack so much, she didn't want to walk).













And then we got to jumping...













That beach was thoroughly photographed.  :)

I hope you all have a wonderful week!