everything's in bloom

Happy Friday everyone! We made it! 

Has anyone else been really enjoying the spring weather lately? I feel like everything is in bloom (the trees, the flowers, my baby bump). Last night we went for a walk, even though I was more than ready to lay on the couch, and it was magical outside. It was warm and green, breezy and beautiful in our neighborhood.

Chloe has recently learned how to ride her bike and we had to take a few turns down our neighborhood drive last night. Chris was at a work event and so it was just me, running beside her as she got started and nervously watching as she figured out how to brake. Thank god she got the braking part down because I couldn't keep up with her. I'm sure it was quite comical to watch a 7 month pregnant lady huffing and puffing behind her daughter down the road.

This spring Elinor has also recently gotten good at her bicycle. Last summer she couldn't quite figure out the peddling part, now she's tearing down the sidewalk with her training wheels. Unfortunately we've been working so much with Chloe that we haven't had a lot of time to take her on her bike at a slightly slower pace.

It's so hard to strike a perfect balance of time and attention with each kid. I worry a lot that Elinor gets left behind as Chloe gains a new ability or skill. It makes me nervous to add a third kid into the mix! I know we'll figure it out, because, well, we have too. Also, Elinor does pretty well at keeping up with her sister and adding an extra layer of sass to everything she does.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Sunday is Mother's Day. In a surprising turn of events, my mother already has her Mother's Day gift. I actually got my act together early this year and didn't have to pay extra to ship something overnight. That's a big win for me.

Don't forget to give your mama a hug or call her up and tell her she's awesome!

matching swimsuits

These photos are from a few weeks ago when we traveled to the northern California coast. I'm convinced everyone out there had to be from a colder state, because it wasn't exactly balmy, yet the beach was full of kids in swimsuits. We had driven past the coast and both of the girls really wanted to run into the ocean, so we made a quick detour to our AirBnB to grab their swimsuits. 

This was probably one of the highlights for them even though we were only out there for an hour. It's funny how the quick little detours can sometimes be the most fun. 

Also, how cute are their matching swimsuits? They are from Hannah Anderson. I am definitely going to have to get three pairs of matching swimsuits after baby girl shows up! 

massive trees and banana slugs

As I'm writing this, the snow is falling outside and the temperature has dropped down into the 20s. It seems so long ago that we were wandering around in the sunshine on the beach or the cool shade of massive trees. It's funny how when you come back from vacation you sometimes wonder if you ever really went on that trip. I guess that's why we take pictures to prove it!

It's been a couple weeks since we were exploring the northern California coast and driving among these massive trees. I would highly recommend northern California for a low key, relaxing family vacation. Our favorite part was going on daily hikes to check out these giants. It's about as different as Colorado forests as possible.

Banana slug!!

A little note about the picture below. You might notice that both girls are happily sucking on suckers. We call this Sucker Power. About halfway through this hike, in which we still had to go down half the mountain, they both started crying and whining. Whelp, that's why I pack some suckers in the bottom of my bag to give them a little extra motivation and energy to finish the hike. In all honesty, this pregnant lady could have used some sucker power, but we all made it down in one, happy piece.

Have a great weekend!